Ang Bayan Video: Resist the US’ overweening arrogance under the VFA

Ang Bayan
December 24, 2014

The Communist Party of the Philippines and the entire Filipino people condemn in the strongest possible terms the Aquino regime’s contemptuous puppetry in the case of the Jennifer Laude killing.

The Aquino government immediately buckled in the face of the US’ outright denial of its “request” to cede to Philippine authorities custody over US Marine Lance Corporal Joseph Scott Pemberton, who has been accused of killing Laude. The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) very meekly accepted the US embassy’s response regarding Pemberton. Worse, it even served as a US apologist in saying that the rejection was well within the rights of the US under the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA) and that it would not appeal the decision.

Even more enraging were the other contents of the US’ response to the DFA. Aside from refusing to give up custody over Pemberton, the embassy virtually ordered the DFA to inform all government agencies of the Philippines, whether national or local, that the US decision on Pemberton would prevail.

In one fell swoop, all pretensions to sovereignty and equality were banished. The US tyrannically wielded its power as imperialist master in commanding its puppet, with the DFA immediately playing the grovelling servant. Malacañang conveniently avoided trouble by saying that the matter was now in the hands of the court.

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